How To Transfer Data on MTN - Gifting Data

MTN Nigeria now allow customers to share data from one MTN number to another. This means if you have subscribe to any of the available MTN data plan, you can transfer part of your allocated data to another MTN number.

In the past, it was not possible to share  data on MTN. You could only buy data for a friend. Which was known as Data Gifting. But MTN has now introduce an option for transferring data and even requesting for data from other MTN Numbers.

With Data Gifting, buying for a friend is different from sending or transfering data. When buying for a friend, You will pay (with your airtime) for a data plan which will be gifted to the recipient.
Whereas with data transfer, you will simply send part of the data you already have to which ever MTN number you wish.

This article contains the code for transfering data on MTN. As well as buying data for a Friend.

How to Transfer Data on MTN

Sharing or sending data from one MTN number to another have never been easier, as an MTN customer, all you have to do is to use this format *131*RecipientNumber*dataAmount# 

Replace RecipientNumber with the MTN number you wish to transfer the data to and dataAmount with the amount of data you want to transfer.

For example, If I want to transfer 50MB to 0803000001, I would dial *131*08030000001*50#.

You can also

  • Dial *131#
  • Press 7 to select Gifting Data
  • Press 1 to select transfer from Data Balance
  • Enter Recipient number 
  • Enter Data Amount 

After dialing the code, you will receive a confirmation SMS from MTN and the amount of data transfered will be deducted from your main data. The recipient will also receive a message informing them about the data transfer.

While the MTN data transfer is great news, it does come with some restrictions. One of these is that you can only transfer a maximum of 100MB per day. I don't know why they have done this, but my guess is that they want to prevent the service from being used for business.

If you want to share data worth more than 100MB in a single day, then your only option is to use the Buy for a Friend option, which I will discuss in a moment.
Another interesting thing about the transferred data is that it will have same
validity period as the original data.

I will explain what I mean, let say your data is suppose to expire on the 24 of next month. If you transfer 100MB to another MTN number then the 100MB(which is on the receivers number) will also have an expiring date of 24 of next month.

If you are wondering if there are any restrictions on what you can do with the data, then the Answer is No. There are no restrictions. It can be used as a normal data for browsing and downloading on both 3g and 4g devices.

How To Gift (Buy For A Friend) Data on MTN

Buying data for a friend is exactly what it sounds like. In the past, this was the only option available when gifting data. Now it has been integrated with other options like transfering data and requesting for data.
To buy data for someone else on MTN just use the following

  • Dial *131#
  • Press 7 to select Gifting Data
  • Press 2 to select Buy For a Friend 
  • Select your preferred data plan
  • Enter Recipient Number.

After doing this, the data will be sent to the recipient and your credit will be deducted.
The gifted data will work as any other normal MTN data plan.


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